International Grant Competition (Music)

This grant competition is for international graduate students enrolled at the Schulich School of Music.

Application deadlines

  • Doctoral Competition: TBA
  • Master's Competition: TBA

Awards and date to be distributed

The following awards may not be conferred each year, depending on the qualifying proposals received:

Doctoral competition

  • 1 Music Research award of $10,000.
  • 1 Music Performance award of $10,000.
  • Funds awarded to PhD/DMus year 3 students are generally distributed in Spring for the next year of study.

Master's competition

  • 1 Music Research award of $5,000.
  • 1 Music Performance award of $5,000.


Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled at the Schulich School of Music;
  • Be an international student;
  • Have achieved high academic standing throughout all post-secondary education and hold a GPA of at least 3.3 in each of the last 2 years of full-time study.  If not, provide a short note explaining your special circumstances to be considered. All prior doctoral-level studies, regardless of discipline, will be considered when evaluating your eligiblity.
  • Have not previously received this award;
  • Be pursuing doctoral or master's level studies in Music Performance or Music Research.

Application procedure

By the appropriate deadline:

  • Deliver two complete reference forms (PDF icon reference2017.pdfin sealed envelopes to Music Graduate Studies (7th floor, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West).
  • Email the following application materials, in one PDF file, to [at]

General presentation

Prepare all required attachments according to the following specifications:

  • Typed or word processed, single-sided, on 8 ½" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm), white paper
  • Single-spaced, with no more than six lines of type per inch (2.54 cm)
  • Body text in a minimum 12 pt Times New Roman font
  • Your name appearing within the set margins at the top right corner of every page

Project proposal and program of study

Describe your program of study in clear, plain language. Avoid jargon, acronyms and highly technical terms.
Ensure that your text includes the following elements, especially with respect to your proposal:

  • Clearly state your current level of graduate study;
  • Indicate what stage you are at in your thesis / proposal / performance / composition project;
  • Provide the name of your supervisor of doctoral studies, if applicable;
  • Provide an outline of your thesis / proposal / performance / composition project, including, for example, the guiding research or artistic idea, context, objectives, methodology and potential outcomes contribution to the advancement of knowledge or your professional discipline (value to others);
  • Describe what you hope to accomplish during the award tenure and what will remain to be done before you obtain your degree.

Depending on the type of research, you can model your proposal after NSERC, SSHRC or Research-Creation Grants


The bibliography should first cite sources explicitly in your grant proposal and second a bibliography of the material most pertinent to the project if it has not been directly cited.